Final piece of concrete laid for housing on Britannia Music Site in Ilford

The topping out in Ilford. Picture: Durkan

The topping out in Ilford. Picture: Durkan - Credit: Archant

A 24-storey housing complex is one step closer to being completed after the final unit of concrete was poured in Ilford.

The last piece of concrete has been laid. Picture: Durkan

The last piece of concrete has been laid. Picture: Durkan - Credit: Archant

Eight years after Durkan developers were first granted planning permission, the framework for the Britannia Music Site was finished in a topping out ceremony on Thursday, September 27.

The site’s plans were initially approved in 2010 but stalled while the developer secured funding.

In January 2016 Durkan was given a £25million loan from the Greater London Authority (GLA) which allowed it to continue the project.

This week Redbridge Council leader, Councillor, Jas Athwal poured the last piece of concrete onto the top floor along with Danny Durkan, Durkan executive chairman and Alex Greaves, M&G fund manager.

The development in Chapel Lane will provide a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes within two buildings which are set around a new public courtyard.

It will deliver 354 homes, with close to a third of these providing affordable rent or shared ownership opportunities.

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Fraser Wells, managing director of housing partnerships, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating reaching another milestone on such an exciting development.

“We have carefully progressed our proposals to deliver a scheme which is right for the local area.”

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